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Molineux Stadium (ATT 27,131) 12th February 2012 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: L Mason

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom

Wolves 1

S Fletcher (45+1)

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West Brom 5

P Odemwingie (34, 77, 88)
J Olsson (64)
K Andrews (85)

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Last Updated at 3:30 pm, February 12th 2012

  1. The final whistle goes and boos ring out around Molineux following a humiliating 5-1 home defeat at the hands of West Brom, which leaves Wolves in the relegation zone and lifts the Baggies eight points clear of trouble.

  2. 90+2

    Hennessey is forced to make another fine save as he dives to his left to keep out a deflected Andrews effort.

  3. 90+1

    Three minutes of stoppage time have been signalled as West Brom pass it around in midfield, waiting for another chance to strike.

  4. 89

    Odemwingie takes the applause of the travelling West Brom fans as he is replaced by Dorrans for the final few minutes.

  5. 88

    GOAL Wolves are torn apart once again as Morrison finds Odemwingie at the back post for a simple finish that brings up his hat-trick.

  6. 86

    The Wolves fans are heading for the exits as O'Hara nearly pulls a goal back, firing in a volley from 20 yards that Foster shovels behind.

  7. 85

    GOAL Andrews scores on his West Brom debut with a shot from the edge of the area that takes a deflection to beat Hennessey, following great work by Morrison to set up the chance.

  8. 83

    West Brom still look dangerous on the counter-attack but a chance goes begging as Morrison tries to find Odemwingie with a pass with the outside of his boot, which is misplaced and easily cut out.

  9. 81

    Fortune forces Johnson into a mistake and runs on to retrieve the loose ball, but from a tight angle he only succeeds in poking his effort wide.

  10. 79

    It will require a big effort from Wolves to get anything out of this game now and West Brom can afford to sit back a bit deeper.

  11. 77

    GOAL That could be the decisive blow as West Brom move 3-1 in front thanks to Odemwingie's second of the game. It is another goal from a set-piece as Wolves defend poorly and the striker adjusts his body well to fire home an instinctive finish from close range.

  12. 76

    Simon Cox is brought on for the closing stages in place of the impressive Thomas.

  13. 74

    West Brom go straight up the end and nearly extend their lead, but there is another goal-line clearance as Odemwingie's shot is booted away by Foley.

  14. 73

    The ball crashes off the woodwork from the corner as Johnson's header hits the crossbar before being cleared to safety. Great credit must go to Mulumbu, who was stationed on the line and jumped to get a crucial head on Johnson's effort.

  15. 71

    Foster pulls off a superb save from Fletcher's header to leap to his right and turn the ball away for a corner.

  16. 69

    McCarthy decides he needs to make a change and Milijas is the man to come on in place of Edwards.

  17. 68

    West Brom are looking the most likely to score next with Wolves' defence all at sea just at the moment.

  18. 66

    The Molineux crowd have gone quiet after that goal and Wolves will need to respond to lift everyone's spirits.

  19. 64

    GOAL Hennessey had had a great game today but he will be disappointed with his efforts here as West Brom go back in front. Having made a mess of trying to clear the corner, Olsson shot through a crowded box and the ball was fumbled by the keeper. He tried to claw it back out but the linesman correctly ruled that it was a goal.

  20. 63

    Fortune almost takes Hennessey by surprise with a thunderous strike from an acute angle that was travelling inside the near post, but the keeper got an arm up quickly to make the save and concede a corner.

  21. 62

    Kevin Foley cuts out an attempted long pass from Reid to head the ball coolly back to Hennessey and earn a round of applause from the Molineux faithful.

  22. 61

    Bassong looked like he might have suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and he pulls up after stretching for a loose ball and needs to be replaced by Berra.

  23. 60

    Morrison takes the set-piece himself and Hennessey comes out flapping, but he manages to get enough on the ball to take it away to safety.

  24. 59

    James Morrison wriggles away from a couple of defenders with a fine run into the box but he is just unable to find a team-mate in the centre and Wolves concede a corner.

  25. 58

    Andrews shows good movement to escape the attentions of Ward from a corner but he cannot keep his header below the crossbar.

  26. 57

    Both teams are pushing forward at every opportunity and it looks as though there will be more goals before the final whistle.

  27. 55

    Ben Foster has not had to do much this afternoon but he is quick off his line on this occasion to claim the ball before Ward can latch on to a long pass.

  28. 54

    Thomas is the latest player to miss the target with a wild shot, blazing high into the stands under pressure from a sliding O'Hara challenge.

  29. 53

    Odemwngie could perhaps be accused of selfishness here as he has an attempt at goal from distance when a pass was probably the better option, and drags it a long way wide.

  30. 52

    It is Wolves pushing West Brom back just at the moment, as Fletcher lets fly with a volley from outside the area that is deflected wide for a corner.

  31. 50

    Wolves have made a much better start to this half than they did the first, buoyed by that equalising goal just before the interval.

  32. 48

    Doyle delivers a dangerous low cross towards Fletcher in the West Brom area but he cannot quite provide the finishing touch.

  33. 47

    Johnson concedes a free-kick following a foul on Fortune out wide on the West Brom left, but Hennessey takes command of the situation to claim the ball.

  34. 46

    Wolves get us started in the second half and West Brom have made a change at the interval, bringing on Keith Andrews for his debut in place of Scharner in midfield.

  35. The whistle goes for half-time and West Brom will be reeling from that setback just before the break after dominating much of the opening 45 minutes.

  36. 45

    GOAL Wolves equalise on the stroke of half-time and it is a wonderful goal from Steven Fletcher, who had been heavily involved in the build-up with a slick exchange of passes with both Doyle and Ebanks-Blake, before finishing superbly into the bottom corner from just inside the area.

  37. 44

    Wolves keep the ball a bit better in midfield for a couple of minutes but West Brom's defence is well organised and there is no way through.

  38. 42

    Stephen Ward drives forward down the left in a positive sign of intent from Wolves, even if he cannot quite manage to deliver a cross at the end of it.

  39. 40

    To illustrate West Brom's dominance, they have so far had 12 shots at goal to Wolves' one. Seven of the Baggies' efforts have been on target.

  40. 39

    The Baggies earn another corner as Reid's shot is blocked behind by Johnson, and McCarthy will be looking forward to getting his players together at half-time to regroup.

  41. 37

    Odemwingie tries to grab his second goal in the space of a few minutes with a ferocious strike from a tight angle, but it is straight at Hennessey and the keeper punches it clear.

  42. 36

    Wolves respond strongly by committing a lot of bodies forward to a direct attack, but West Brom keep their advantage intact.

  43. 34

    GOAL Odemwingie makes the breakthrough for West Brom with a well-struck shot from just outside the area that takes a crucial deflection off Edwards to beat Hennessey, but there had been more good passing from the Baggies in the build-up to the goal and there can be few arguments about them deserving the lead.

  44. 32

    West Brom enjoy a period of possession but lack a cutting edge as Fortune's cross from the right is intercepted.

  45. 30

    O'Hara steps up to take the free-kick but it is charged down by Odemwingie, who was quick off his mark to make the block.

  46. 29

    Ebanks-Blake does well again to win a free-kick in a central position 20 yards from goal following a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu, after a fast Wolves counter-attack.

  47. 28

    Ebanks-Blake has been a lively presence up front for Wolves and he causes problems here with a weaving run, before his final shot from the edge of the area is blocked.

  48. 27

    Scharner was in obvious pain there but he is fine to carry on, with Mason showing a yellow card to O'Hara for the tackle.

  49. 26

    Paul Scharner stays down following a challenge from Jamie O'Hara and the physio will have to come on to administer treatment.

  50. 25

    West Brom have reasserted their supremacy over the past few minutes and Roy Hodgson will hope his side can make this count by taking the lead.

  51. 23

    The corner comes to nothing as Wolves breathe a sigh of relief, but Bassong may have picked up a knock and Christophe Berra has been instructed to warm up.

  52. 22

    A mistake from Bassong gifts an opportunity to West Brom and the ball is worked to Scharner inside the area, but his powerful shot is wonderfully tipped over the bar by an acrobatic Hennessey.

  53. 20

    It is a very open game at the moment as Wolves win a couple of corners in quick succession, which West Brom scramble clear with some uncertainty.

  54. 18

    Hennessey comes to Wolves' rescue with a smart save from Odemwingie's shot, but it was a tight angle and a better option may have been to square the ball to Fortune.

  55. 16

    Another penalty appeal, again more from the crowd than the players, falls on deaf ears as Gareth McAuley stays strong to shut out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and the Wolves striker takes a tumble.

  56. 15

    Dave Edwards goes down in the West Brom box under pressure from a number of players but referee Lee Mason is well placed and waves play on, with replays suggesting he just lost balance.

  57. 13

    Johnson appears to present Fortune with a clear run on goal with a weak header back towards Hennessey, but his blushes are spared as the flag is already raised for offside.

  58. 12

    Fortune concedes a free-kick inside West Brom's half following a wild tackle as Wolves try to gain a foothold on proceedings.

  59. 10

    West Brom have certainly been willing to shoot from distance and they come forward once again, with Steven Reid blazing an effort over the bar from 25 yards.

  60. 9

    West Brom allow the ball to bounce from the corner and Peter Odemwingie kicks it against his own arms with an attempted overhead clearance, but the referee waves play on.

  61. 8

    Wolves finally get free of the shackles and Matt Jarvis shows good pace and determination to win a corner.

  62. 6

    Thomas has been at the centre of everything in the early stages as West Brom put together a slick exchange of passes in Wolves territory.

  63. 5

    Marc-Antoine Fortune turns his defender neatly in the Wolves area but slips to the floor and Wolves survive, but it has been a slow start from the home side.

  64. 4

    Wolves struggle to deal with the corner and West Brom keep up the pressure, before Thomas drills another effort wide from distance.

  65. 3

    Sebastien Bassong surrenders possession inside his own area and the ball breaks for Jerome Thomas just a few yards from goal, but Wayne Hennessey is out quickly to make an important early save.

  66. 2

    Wolves look to go on the attack immediately but lose control of the ball and Jonas Olsson shepherds it behind for a goal-kick.

  67. 1

    West Brom kick things off at Molineux and there is a cracking atmosphere around the ground so let us hope for an exciting encounter between the Midlands rivals.

  68. There are two changes for each side today, with Wolves recalling Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in place of Richard Stearman and the injured Emmanuel Frimpong. For West Brom, Liam Ridgewell comes in for Nicky Shorey to make his first start and Paul Scharner replaces Graham Dorrans.

  69. Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Johnson, Bassong, Ward, Doyle, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Stearman, Hunt, Berra, Hammill, Milijas, Jonsson.

  70. West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Odemwingie, Morrison, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas, Fortune. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Andrews, Long, Dorrans, Jones, Cox.

  71. This just in from our friends at Sky Bet: Wolves are marginal favourites at 13/8 for a first win in six at Molineux with West Brom 7/4 for victory and a draw 11/5. Baggies frontman Peter Odemwingie has netted in his last two appearances against Mick McCarthy's men and is price boosted to 7/1 to break the deadlock today.

  72. Let us know any views and predictions by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @SkySportsLewis. What kind of match are you expecting this afternoon and which team do you expect to come out on top? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think will be the key players?

  73. Wolves are only above the relegation zone on goal difference and a heavy defeat today could push them back into the bottom three, but Mick McCarthy's side will be in a more positive frame of mind after beating fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers 2-1 last weekend. Another victory here would lift them to within a couple of points of West Brom, whose safety cushion has been deflated somewhat following a run of seven games with just one win. The Baggies do, however, have a decent record away from home and will be looking for another success on their travels.

  74. Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League clash between Wolves and West Brom at Molineux. Any Black Country derby is a huge game for the fans but this match has particular significance as both sides are struggling towards the bottom of the table.

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